B The Change Hackathon
hack the Future of SDG12: Responsible Consumption and Production
Brought to you by B Lab UK, 16-17th November
Brought to you by B Lab UK, 16-17th November
In response to popular demand from B Corps, B Lab UK is delighted to be launching our first ever hackathon!
On 16 - 17th November 2017, we are bringing together 60 individuals from across our B Corp community and friends for two days, to learn, collaborate, and ultimately build innovative solutions to Sustainable Development Goal 12: responsible production and consumption.
At B Lab UK, we are convinced of the power of collaboration across like-minded individuals to tackle entrenched problems. By running a hackathon, we are uniting our incredible B Corp community and friends to form teams, ideate, and begin building new business models. Not only will attendees leave with a clear understanding of how to build businesses, campaigns and rapid prototypes to tackle SDG 12, but with the potential to introduce this approach to problem solving into their companies and where possible, take the ideas from this event forward. You are welcome to begin building teams and/or ideas now, but we expect most of you to the meet and form teams at the event.
How often do you have the chance to open your mind freely to capture an idea and then examine it, develop it, and prototype it? How often do you get to be part of a great team working on an idea right from the start? This hack provides participants with a brilliant training and development opportunity, involving:
- Persuading others to join solve a challenge you care about;
- Evaluating ideas, constantly iterating and evolving;
- Collaborating with a new set of colleagues, each with unique skills and perspectives to bring to the proposal;
- Creating new business models, marketing channels, new technology, investment opportunities, and delivery models;
- Presenting & pitching two days of hard work to our expert judges;
For employees and leaders of a B Corp, the skills applied during the hack are those which are fundamental to your company fully delivering on its purpose.
The UN’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12 calls for improving economic activity and quality of life in the name of “doing more and better for less”. At its heart is the understanding that our current trajectory is unsustainable, and our planet’s survival requires systemic change. Some of the biggest problems - and opportunities - the world is facing include:
Reducing food waste. Every year, one third of all food produced, equivalent to 1.3 billion tonnes worth around £1 trillion – ends up rotting in bins or spoilt in transport or harvesting.
Half of all waste from 7 billion people isn’t collected, treated or safely disposed. We must reduce, reuse, recycle and manage physical and chemical waste effectively.
We must use natural resources responsibly, including water, forests and biodiversity, whilst decreasing our over reliance on everything from oils through to plastics.
The Relay Building,
114 Whitechapel High St,
London, E1 7PT
A hackathon is a an immersive event that takes people out of their comfort zone, working with others, to break down a problem and create a meaningful project or business. They are exceptional training and development events, where you get to truly experience what it takes to build a business, validate your thesis, and in some cases, begin creating the technology behind it.
There is no obligation to pitch at the event. All participants are invited to pitch their idea should they want to. In general, we expect about a fifth of attendees to come prepared with an idea, whilst others may have a moment of inspiration on the day, or join what they think is the most exciting idea!
We are bringing the B Corp community and friends together for two days to learn, collaborate, and ultimately build innovative solutions to Sustainable Development Goal 12: responsible production and consumption. Our goal is for all attendees to see the value of the SDG framework in relation to their business, to learn the skills necessary to implement new solutions at work, and where possible, take the ideas from this event forward.
To ensure a level playing field for all attendees, we encourage you to come to the event with the beginnings of an idea, or a totally open mind. We want to see what you can build as a team over the two days, not what you have already been working on for months.
Absolutely! Whilst we will have some APIs on hand to get you going, we encourage you to use any third party services, APIs, open source projects, libraries, and frameworks as long as they are publicly available on the web.
Teams are formed after everyone who has come to the event with an idea has pitched the idea. It is then up to attendees to pick their one favourite idea they wish to work on. Teams are then formed around these ideas and each team should have a diverse mix of developers, designers, business development and all rounder attendees.
In many cases they are! But for our community, we believe in getting the balance right between work and life. You have nearly two full days of working together, breaking down the problems, and building solutions, which we think is more than enough for you to create something valuable. You are more than welcome to work on your idea after hours should you wish.
You are very welcome to commute in if possible, or alternatively, recommend taking a look at the local B Corp, Qbic Hotel, who are offering discounts for community members. Should they have no rooms remaining by the time you book, you could look to the nearby Ibis Hotel, or have a browse on AirBnB for local deals.
We have you covered there! We have food, drink and an endless supply of tea and coffee to keep you going. Partipating in a hackathon and collaborating with your peers is hard work, so we will make sure you are fuelled and ready for the two days.
All individuals and teams retain full ownership of what they create during the hackathon. We want you to push yourselves over the event, safe in the knowledge that all your hard work and any products built are yours. Should you wish to move forward with the idea after the event, then we encourage you to discuss this with your manager at work and our B Lab team after the event.
Absolutely! We are using #bhack across all social media platforms for our first ever B The Change hackathon.
You can tweet us at @bcorpuk & @paceventures. You can also email our lead event organiser – Catherine@bcorporation.uk
You will find below all the resources, data, and information to make your hackathon experience as enjoyable and fruitful as possible. Click on the images below to download resources for the hackathon.
A quick reminder that the Hashtag for the event is #BHack